If you have photos of Agecroft mortuary chapel, Salford in its hey day then a heritage group would love to hear from you.
The Agecroft Cemetery Chapel Restoration group aims to bring the historic building back to life – but the group has only one photo of the chapel in its prime.
They’re appealing to local residents who may have photos of inside or outside the building through the ages to share them – and for more people to join the campaign to save the iconic building.
Pete Kilvert, from the restoration group said: “We’ve got the full backing of Salford City Council in trying to save this unique building. We have secured some funds but are trying to raise match funding so we can get a structural survey done and find out how much it will cost to restore. The aim is to bring the chapel back into use for the benefit of the community.
“We’re also looking for photos of the chapel as we only have one photo of it in its heyday . There must be more out there so we’re asking people if they can share them. This will help in future restoration.”
Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for housing and environment, said: “Salford City Council does not have the funding to restore the chapel but we very much hope it can be saved. We are backing the group with their plans and wish them every success.
“It would be wonderful to see photos of the chapel in its glory days as it played such an important role in so many people’s lives.”
Agecroft Cemetery Chapel, close to the cemetery entrance was built in 1903 as one of three chapels, serving Roman Catholic, Church of England and non conformist mourners when the cemetery was known as Northern Cemetery. It served as a chapel for over 80 years before being closed in the 1970’s due to the high cost of repairs. It is Grade II listed for its Gothic and Art Nouveau style.
Anyone who can share photos should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or to join the group and support them see the group’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/agecroftchapelrestoration